Philip Butler is an Associate in the firm’s Land Use and Municipal Department where he focuses on representing clients on land use applications, permitting processes, and litigation. Mr. Butler’s typical clients include real estate owners and developers across Long Island, as well as property management companies. Mr. Butler is experienced in all aspects of the land use process as well as commercial and residential real estate lending transactions, contract negotiations, and closings. He has also served as legal counsel to numerous towns, villages and municipal boards in lower New York State, including several villages on Long Island.
How would your clients describe what it is like to work with you?
I believe my clients would describe me as knowledgeable, relatable, approachable, and most importantly, available. I try to infuse these principles into my relationships with all of my clients. It shows them that I am not only capable of doing the job, but that I also care about what I do and about being the best representative or advocate I can be.
“Success is cultivating strong relationships with your clients and achieving a reputation for integrity and getting the right result.”
What is a challenge you must manage within your practice area?
Land use and zoning is a very complex and hyper-localized area of the law. Bringing a single project to fruition is a months- or years-long process that often involves separate approvals from multiple government agencies. Because every project is different, every project has its own roadmap of what is needed. The inherent challenge is making sure I know every step in the process and being able to guiding my client and my team through that process successfully, and as quickly and efficiently as possible.
How do you give back to the community?
I firmly believe that I am the person and the professional I am today because of the great mentors I had from as early as grade school and all the way through law school. I do not know where I would be today without the guidance of the mentors who helped me along the way. That is why I look for opportunities to pay it forward and to share my knowledge and my experiences with people who are in need or who might simply derive a benefit from hearing it. My past mentoring roles have included volunteer work for my law school’s career services office; acting as a teaching assistant for my law school’s Summer Institute Program; serving as a student mentor for fellow law students; and teaching basic legal principles to high school students in Queens, New York.